Shining the Light – September 13, 2017

Shining the Light

Joyous, Growing, Inviting, Caring
Announcements

THIS SUNDAY AT

READINGS FOR SUNDAY:
Proper 19
First Reading:
Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Gospel:

 Scheduled to serve this Sunday as Lay Ministers and Counters
Crucifer:

not filled

Server:
Ana White

Lector:

Tom Cassidy

Usher:
Margo Caulkin

 
Counters:
John Bartlett
Joyce Fall
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WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS FAMILY SERVICE
This coming Sunday at 10:00 am, we’ll celebrate the Family Service together, as both children and adults share in a joint time of worship before our Community Picnic. Over the past few weeks we highlighted the beautiful contemplative service we offer usually at 8:00 am. and our Choral Service which we usually offer at 10:00 am, showing how the hymns we sing each Sunday add to our liturgy. We are blessed to have so many ways to worship God and we hope you enjoy experiencing the full range of worship we offer.
Beginning Sunday, September 24, we return to our two regular worship times of 8:00 am Contemplative Worship and 10:00 am Choral & Family Worship.

ST. ANDREW’S COMMUNITY PICNIC

Our annual Community Picnic is this Sunday, September 17, following 10:00 a.m. worship. The Welcome and Fellowship Ministry is coordinating the activities and will provide everything except dessert. We also need volunteers to assist with set up and clean up. There will be a moon bounce again this year. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. Thank you!
The Community Picnic is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to meet your St. Andrew’s church family. Click here for a copy of the picnic flyer.

HURRICANE OF LOVE
At the Picnic, you are invited to help create a “Hurricane of Love” — sharing messages of love and encouragement for our brothers and sisters who have been touched by the destruction of this hurricane season. Notes can be as simple or as complex as you like–they just have to fit on a 3 x 5 card (supplies will be available). This initiative is in conjunction with Forward Movement who will collect the notes from congregations and families around the country and ensure that these love letters are delivered to folks who have been impacted by Harvey, Irma, Katia, and Jose.

CRUCIFER/SERVER REVIEW AND TRAINING
This Saturday, September 16, a review and training session will take place at 10:00 am in the church for anyone interested in learning more about serving as a Lay Leader. For more information please email or speak to Father Steve.

GLORIOUS COMPANIONS 
We will begin our meetings again on Wednesday, September 20, in the Lounge at 10:30 a.m. with our new book, Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister. Please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 for this first meeting. All are welcome; please join us for this time of faith and fellowship!

BAGGED MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS: September 23
We will gather in the St. Andrew’s kitchen at 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 23, to assemble 50 meals in support of ASPAN (Arlington Street Peoples’ Assistance Network). Many hands make quick work and we’d like to invite you to share our blessings and join us for about an hour as we spread the peanut butter and give thanks for all of the blessings afforded to us. All ages are welcome — it’s a great teaching moment for our young people. Meals are funded by the St. Andrew’s Endowment for Outreach and Human Needs and we are grateful for that ongoing support. If you would like to volunteer to deliver the meals at 5:50 PM to the park on N. Oakland Street behind St. George’s, please contact Marcela Scott at Marcela.scott@yahoo.com. We would love to expand our volunteer base for this important ministry! We hope to see you in the kitchen.

ST. ANDREW’S PLAYERS
Please join us on Sunday, September 24, from 2:00-3:30 pm, in the undercroft, for our first planning meeting in preparation for our Spring Production, Anne of Green Gables.Performances are scheduled for the first two weekends in May with casting in December and rehearsals starting in January, 2018. There are plenty of decisions to make and roles to be filled, onstage and off, for children, teens, and adults. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Our next meeting will be on October 29, same time and place. Questions? Contact Jane Massant,  jwmassant@gmail.com or 703-241-7586.

HAITI FUN NIGHT: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 305-7 PM.
All members of the St. Andrew’s family are invited to attend a Haiti Fun Night highlighting food, music, and games from Haiti and celebrating our companion school and parish. RSVPs will be requested. More details coming soon….

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
In honor of St. Francis, patron saint of animals, there will be a Blessing of the Animals outdoor service for the community on Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m. (In case of rain we will move into the Undercroft.) Invite others to come, bring beloved pets to be blessed and share in some treats: for people and pets alike! Local rescue organization Homeward Trails will be joining us with information on their rescues and adoptions.

COMMITMENT SUNDAY: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
On Sunday, October 15, we will be having Commitment Sunday, where each individual/family will have the opportunity to fill out a Faith Promise Card. These cards will be handed out at the receptions on Sunday, September 24and are also available in each of the pews afterwards. We would like each individual/family to fill out a Faith Promise Card, regardless of the gift. We would love to know that even if you and/or your family cannot give a gift at this current time that your prayers are with this effort. Thank you again for your prayers and support. We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people here at St. Andrew’s!

AUGUST BUDGET: BY THE NUMBERS
Please see the information below about St. Andrew’s August receipts and budget information. We welcome your feedback and questions; please contact a member of the Vestry, the Treasurer (Dana Madsen), or Finance Committee Chairman (Rob McDonald).
August Receipts:
Pledges: $15,976
Other Donations: $313
Other Income: $7,178
Total Receipts: $23,467
Comparison of monthly General Pledge Income to budget: $5,628 UNDER for the month; $14,563 UNDER anticipated year to date.

SAVE THE DATE
On Friday, January 26, 2018, St. Andrew’s will again host Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the beloved Maria and Baron von Trapp. Those who attended her concert in 2012 will remember what a talented and inspirational performer she is. Please put the date on your calendar and invite music lovers and Sound of Music lovers to this very special concert. It is a free event which will include an opportunity for a “good will” offering.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN RECEPTIONS
Come join us! We will be holding two receptions after each service on Sunday, September 24. At these receptions we will be giving updates on the campaign as well as discussing the vision and goals of our Capital Campaign. Lightrefreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

HURRICANE RELIEF FUND
Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers for communities in the US and Caribbean dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irma and other major storms. Please consider donating to the Hurricane Relief Fund and visit the organization’s website for more information about relief and recovery efforts: https://support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief.

BLESSING OF STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS
On Sunday, Father Steve blessed students and educators (and their backpacks) as the new school year begins. As an outward and visible sign of the blessing, they received tags to attach to their backpacks. If you were not able to attend, extra tags are available in the Lounge.
  

FAMILY MINISTRY SCOOP
 

From last Sunday: In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus teaches us what to do when someone is being mean to us or someone else. He tells us to first go and talk to the person. If the person doesn’t listen, involve someone else like an adult, and if that doesn’t work, tell the church (or your school). And if that doesn’t work, walk away and when the person is ready, try again. He reminds us that as members of God’s family, we are responsible to and for one another and that whenever two or three are working together in His name, Jesus is there among us.
Discussion Starter: Has someone hurt your feelings or been mean to you lately? What did you do? Discuss as a family the lesson that Jesus teaches us in this gospel reading and how to work together on resolving our conflicts.
Prayer Starter: Dear God, we know it is your desire for us to live together in peace and harmony. When someone hurts us, give us a forgiving spirit to talk to them and try to resolve the conflict rather than to try get even by hurting them back. Help us to love and forgive others as you have loved and forgiven us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
This Sunday: We will continue the conversation on forgiveness.
Coming up…
September 17 — 10 am Intergenerational Service followed by the St. Andrew’s Community Picnic! This is your chance to invite friends to meet your church family!
Saturday, September 30 — 5-7 pm — “Haiti Fun Night” with an evening of fun for the whole family!
Sunday, October 1 — 4 pm — Blessing of the Animals

S.A.Y.
 

SAY KICK-OFF GATHERING
Who: All Youth in Grades 6 through 12 are invited.
What: Dinner, Fun and Fellowship!
When: Sunday, October 1, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm (after the Blessing of the Animals)
Where: St. Andrew’s
Why: Tell us what YOU want S.A.Y. to do this year. Your voice is needed!
Questions? Email Diane — FamilyMinistry@standrewsnet.org.

ST. ANDREW’S PLOT AGAINST HUNGER SIGN UP

Thank you to all our volunteers who are continuing to sign up to work and water! The signup is at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4eabab2aab9-standrews.

CROP WALK 2017
Lace up your walking shoes for the Arlington CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m. Join your St. Andrew’s friends in walking either a 5K or 10K, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to benefit AFAC. All ages welcome! Questions, contact Ana at anazeliaoxw@gmail.com. To read more about the walk, to join our team or make a donation, please visit St. Andrews page at: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/arlingtonva/StAndrews.

THE REV. STEVE RORKE’S OFFICE HOURS
The Rev. Steve Rorke’s regular office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. Please contact him at rector@standrewsnet.org and by calling the church office 703-522-1600 or 703-550-3655 (home).

FARM FRESH PRODUCE PLUS… 
David and Christina Jernigan, along with their 8-year-old daughter Riley, are distributing farm-fresh produce Thursday afternoons from 3:00-6:30 p.m. in the upper parking lot. Anyone from the parish who would like to purchase produce and products (at the same price the CSA members pay for the fresh local items such as tomatoes, lettuce, English cucumbers, apples, local raw honey, pastured eggs, and fresh beef) is invited to come by. They accept payment by check or cash. For more information about membership contact the Jernigans at csa@sinclairfarm.com or 540-477-9268. Read all about the CSA at www.SinclairFarm.com/CSA.
To our readers:  Have a social activity or event you want published in Shining the Light?

The deadline is Tuesday evening. As always, we welcome your comments, ideas or suggestions.

Email the church office at church.office@standrewsnet.org or call (703) 522-1600.

Your input is very much appreciated.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA 22207

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